Microsoft Overhauls Xbox One Dashboard With Custom Features

Randall Craig
August 9, 2017

After a long wait, Windows users on both PC, tablets, and now the Xbox One console can use the popular Spotify music service on their devices.

Microsoft has enabled customization options in the latest Xbox One dashboard update.

You can get Spotify's app for the Xbox One from the Windows Store shortly in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. Furthermore, users can create personalised soundtracks for each game, elevating how much input players have with their favourite titles.

All of your playlists and curated mixes will be available, as well as the browse and discovery features you're used to in other versions.

Download and install the "Spotify Music - for Xbox" app. This is very similar to the capabilities that Microsoft's own Groove Music app has on the Xbox One.

"This update is all about personalization; we're putting the control in your hands, so that you can decide what to see when you turn on your console", Xbox exec Mike Ybarra wrote in a blog post. Changes will also be visible in the game hubs, profiles and clubs, making it easier to navigate and follow.

Spotify's arrival on Xbox One finally balances the scales of streaming services on the two leading consoles, the Xbox One and the PS4.

The previous major Xbox One interface design sped things up for the console's OS and moved things around while adding some missing features, but it still was nonsensical in its design in where buttons are laid out and how many steps it can take to accomplish simple tasks.

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